Onstage he has equally been impressive with contemporary jazz artists such as Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum, Bobby Lyle, Ronnie Laws, the late Ollie Woodson(formerly of the Temptations), Alex Bugnon, and many others. Like bamboo, his strength lies in his flexibility. Which makes sense that he has in the last few years turned his hand to playing keyboards, bass guitar, and drums to achieve the “all Wilkins” sound on his solo albums. As he says, “My music is special because most of it is original music I created or co-created. I can improvise and solo at will in any key. My music also connects with the listener mentally and emotionally.
After the release of The Introduction, Wilkins threw himself into an incredible amount of projects (7) – a high ambition that his talent has certainly been able to match. And this, his sophomore CD “Follow My Lead”, is one of the ripe fruits of his playing and writing endeavors. Featuring twelve tracks that are a mixture of Smooth and Contemporary Jazz, it had songs that featured artists like Bobby Lyle, D-Mac(formerly of the Mac band), jazz keyboardist Bernard Wright, saxophonist Kyle Turner, and Houston’s own powerhouse vocalist Liz Vaughn.
After a brief hiatus from recording, Wilkins had been contemplating about doing a concept album. An album where he literally does everything from start to finish. That came to fruition in 2015 when he bought some new recording software(Studio One Professional) which lets you do everything including mastering and uploading to the internet, With help from many YouTube videos, he completed this feat in March 2016. The album is called “The Myself Project” a 12-track CD in which he did literally did “everything”. He wrote every song, played every instrument, recorded, mixed and mastered the project, and uploaded it himself. The album is a mixture of smooth, contemporary, fusion, and straight ahead jazz. After listening to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Marcus Miller who in their prime worked in their studios alone playing most, if not all the instruments, Wilkins had a passion for creating songs by doing all the instrumentation. That dream came true with this latest project. Kerry reflects on the music he’s making and the direction he is heading. “I see my music as a means of communicating what I feel and what I think. Music helps me to express myself without interruption or inhibition.” And he plans on doing that for as long as possible.